AP - ap.online.headlines.health http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.headlines.health News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:06:37 -0400 White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:48:16 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/27/US--Obama-Antibiotics/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Obama-Antibiotics c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-153b WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:47:12 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/27/AF-Ebola-West-Africa/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_AF-Ebola-West-Africa c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-15b1 FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. Audit: Maryland misallocated $28.4M for health exchange Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:04:29 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/27/US--Health.Overhaul-Maryland.Audit/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Health.Overhaul-Maryland.Audit c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-153a ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit set to be released Friday. Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:41:14 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/27/US--Congress-Rare.Bipartisanship/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Congress-Rare.Bipartisanship c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1602 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her stature as a dealmaker, and may help her party avoid being sidelined by majority Republicans over the next two years. House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:18:04 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US--Congress-Medicare/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Congress-Medicare c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1cff WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:17:54 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US-HIV-Outbreak-Indiana-Q_A/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-HIV-Outbreak-Indiana-Q_A c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1a0a Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS: Maker of tainted medical scopes issues new cleaning guide Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:50:51 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US--Medical.Scopes-Cleaning/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Medical.Scopes-Cleaning c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1aa2 WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of medical scopes that have been linked to two recent "superbug" outbreaks at California hospitals has issued new cleaning instructions for the devices amid scrutiny from regulators, lawmakers and medical professionals. FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:13 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US-Unproven-Remedies-FDA/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-Unproven-Remedies-FDA c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1c03 WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Price tag of bipartisan bill averting Medicare doc fee cuts Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:17:22 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US--Congress-Medicare-Highlights/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Congress-Medicare-Highlights c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1d01 The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bipartisan bill preventing cuts in doctors' fees for treating Medicare patients would total $214 billion in costs over the coming decade. Highlights of the CBO analysis (in rounded numbers): Boston hospital treating survivors of Honduran market blast Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:18:57 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US--Honduran.Burn.Victims/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Honduran.Burn.Victims c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1d63 BOSTON (AP) — When a gas explosion ripped through a crowded marketplace in Honduras last month, Paola Matute Porter suffered burns over 40 percent of her body. Now, she and three other children who were among dozens of patrons engulfed in flames are receiving free medical treatment at a Boston hospital specializing in burn care. Paid to sleep: NY cracks down on napping health workers Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:02:41 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/26/US-Sleeping-Health-Workers/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-Sleeping-Health-Workers c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1d82 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is using prosecution as a tool in its push to stop sleeping on the job by health workers who care for vulnerable clients. Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:57:58 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US--HIV.Outbreak-Indiana/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--HIV.Outbreak-Indiana c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-204c SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases. Ohio House OKs bill banning abortions after 1st heartbeat Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:09:56 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US-XGR--Ohio.Abortions-First.Heartbeat/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-XGR--Ohio.Abortions-First.Heartbeat c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-1f4f COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that would ban most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat again cleared the state House on Wednesday following a startlingly emotional floor debate in which a veteran female lawmaker revealed she'd been raped and had an abortion and a male legislator shed tears as he recounted praying his stillborn child would take a breath. Study: Ebola takes worst toll on babies, other young kids Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:31:11 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US-MED--Ebola-Children/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-MED--Ebola-Children c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-204d Ebola has taken its greatest toll on babies. About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic's impact on children suggests. New pox discovered in Eastern Europe, but not deadly Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:23:56 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US-MED--New.Pox.Virus/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-MED--New.Pox.Virus c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-204e NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials have discovered a new germ in Eastern Europe that is related to the dreaded smallpox and monkeypox viruses but so far seems far less threatening. Obama ready to sign bill revamping Medicare doctor fees Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:18:13 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US--Congress-Medicare/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Congress-Medicare c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-21bc WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday he's ready to sign "good, bipartisan" legislation protecting physicians from steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and bolstering health programs for children and the poor as Senate Democrats seemed to soften their opposition to the package. UK leader Cameron apologizes for tainted blood scandal Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:11:00 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/EU-Britain-Contaminated-Blood/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_EU-Britain-Contaminated-Blood c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-21bb LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday apologized to thousands of patients who were infected from contaminated blood during the 1970s and 1980s. Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:59:20 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US--Supreme.Court-EPA-Emissions/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Supreme.Court-EPA-Emissions c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-2457 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children. Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:57:21 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US-Marijuana-Racial-Disparities/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US-Marijuana-Racial-Disparities c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-2342 DENVER (AP) — The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says. Obama says he's ready to sign Medicare doctor payment fix Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:18:56 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/health/2015/03/25/US--Obama-Health.Overhaul/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_health_US--Obama-Health.Overhaul c9d8ec1afb93944a:100973a4:14c0f3bf79c:-23d4 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation.